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Emotional Eating: How Holiday Stress Trigger Problems

Many people use eating as a way to cope with difficult emotions, not only bad ones, but also happiness, excitement and celebration, for example,” says Alexis Conason, a clinical psychologist in private practice and a researcher at New York Obesity Research Center…Researchers believe that many emotional eaters turn to food to numb emotions that are …

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Weight Loss Surgery Ties to Substance Abuse

Many people who undergo bariatric surgery struggle with eating in response to different emotional cues,” said Alexis Conason of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, lead author of the study published Monday in the Archives of Surgery. Read Full Article

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Weight Loss Surgery Tied to Increase in Drinking

This is perhaps a risk. I don’t think it should deter people from having surgery, but you should be cautious to monitor (alcohol use) after surgery,” Alexis Conason, who worked on the study at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, told Reuters Health. Read Full Article

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Addiction a Risk After Weight Loss Surgery

People who undergo weight loss surgery may be at risk of addictive behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking. “Many of these people have struggled with obesity their entire lives, and in a very short period of time, they literally develop these new bodies,” Conason says. “Patients will walk by a mirror …

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Boost Risk for Alcohol, Drug Abuse: Study

Be aware of symptoms of substance abuse if you have undergone bariatric surgery, including changes in your relationship with drugs and alcohol,” Conason said. “I don’t think this study should be a deterrent for people seeking surgery. The key thing is to monitor following surgery and inform patients of the risks and signs and symptoms …

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